Baptist and Reflector
BRENTWOOD — The Tennessee Drug Awareness Council is closing its doors, effective Dec. 31.
Originally formed as the United Tennessee League to promote alcohol abstinence decades ago, the name was officially changed to Tennessee Drug Awareness Council about 15 years ago to promote drug awareness and drug prevention education, said Roger Stacy, chairman of the TDAC board of directors and director of missions for Gibson Baptist Association, based in Trenton.
Due to several factors, TDAC has come to the decision that it cannot continue to sustain its ministry, Stacy said.
A drop in financial support and the lack of sufficient volunteers to serve as prevention specialists to go into schools across the state and present the message of drug and alcohol prevention were the prime contributing factors, Stacy noted.
Another factor, he said, is there are a number of other similar programs. “We hope those programs will continue in our schools,” he said.
For many years TDAC/UTL was a budgeted item in the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions.
“We are especially grateful to the Golden Offering which supported this organization for a number of years,” Stacy said.
Stacy said that all remaining assets of TDAC will be placed in an endowment with the Tennessee Baptist Foundation.
“This endowment will provide a perpetual support of the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions (GOTM),” Stacy said.
“TDAC feels this is the most appropriate thing to do with the remaining funds because of the generous financial support received from the Golden Offering for many years,” Stacy said.
“It’s a sad day but it is the reality of today,” he added.